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11feb2010.2Beijing: A Chinese court in Bejing on Thursday rejected prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo's appeal against his 11 year prison sentence on the charge of "incitement to subvert state power".

54-year-old Mr.Liu, the co-author of an unusually direct appeal for political liberalization in China, had been detained for a year without trial and condemned to 11 year in prison by the Beijing Intermediate People's Court in last December. He was convicted on the charges of calling for sweeping political reforms and an end to Communist Party dominance, also drew diplomatic criticism.
The United States and the European Union have called for the Liu's immediate release, and Amnesty International expressed outrages at the sentence saying "harshest in 35 subversion cases since 2003".
Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama had urged the Chinese government to release writer Liu Xiaobo and other political prisoners.
In a statement released in last December, His Holiness said that he is "saddened by the Chinese government sentencing Liu Xiaobo, a well-known Chinese writer, to an 11-year jail term."
He continued, "By forcefully sentencing Liu Xiaobo, and others like him, who use freedom of expression to publicly articulate their opinions, the Chinese authorities have not only violated the binding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also the freedom of expression mentioned in the constitution of the People's Republic of China."
"I urge the Chinese government to release as soon as possible Liu Xiaobo, and other political prisoners who were jailed because of exercising freedom of expression," the exiled Tibetan leader concluded.
Liu's wife, Liu Xia, had expressed earlier that she had little hope of a reprieve, saying "I'm preparing for the worst, If you're not that hopeful, then you can't be disappointed."

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